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Throwback Thursday

Michelle Obama signs autographs December 2007 after campaigning on behalf of her husband at Supertel Inn and Conference Center.
Michelle Obama signs autographs December 2007 after campaigning on behalf of her husband at Supertel Inn and Conference Center.

Today is Dec. 28, the 362nd day of the year. So, there are three days left in 2017. Below are news items from the Creston News Advertiser for this week (Dec. 25-31) in history:

10 years ago

Creston High School students took part in the Environmental and Spatial Technology (EAST) initiative, which was new to CHS in 2007. EAST instructor Shawn Miller said it was amazing what the students had accomplished even though they were just getting started. CHS was the first school in Iowa to use it, and essentially, EAST combined new ways of learning with up-to-the-minute technology to create student-driven service projects.

Creston had seen a lot of changes in local businesses during 2007. A few of the changes included Pokorny’s BP offered an automatic carwash, Action Photo bought a new location at 201 W. Adams St., Wolfe’s Jewelry was renamed Jewelry Affair, First National Bank built a new data processing facility at Pine and Montgomery streets, GRMC built the hospice house, Prairie View Assisted Living was scheduled to open, Kelly’s built a cafe, Casa De Oro was moving to the building occupied by Hi Crest Motors, Shear Styling moved and expanded at 205 N. Vine St., Iowa State Savings Bank opened its new branch, Video Escape relocated to East Taylor St. and Pizza Ranch expanded and added additional parking.

Michelle Obama campaigned on behalf of her husband to an audience of about 40 at Supertel Inn and Conference Center while Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden spoke to about 35 people at Creston High School in his second visit to Creston.

In 2007 sports, Cedar Rapids native Zach Johnson surged past Tiger Woods to win the Masters and Shawn Johnson, 15-year-old gymnast from West Des Moines, won the all-around title at the world championships.

20 years ago

“Seinfeld,” the most popular comedy of the decade planned to halt production after its ninth season. NBC confirmed the decision made by Jerry Seinfeld, the comedy’s star and creator. Seinfeld “wanted to end the show on the same kind of peak they’d been doing it on for years.”

According to an AP poll, the top 10 stories of 1997 were: the death of Princess Diana, Timothy McVeigh received the death penalty for the most deadly act of terrorism on U.S. soil with the bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma, the world mourned the death of Mother Teresa after she died from a heart attack at age 87, Wall Street shook off a record one-day plunge of 554 points and rose 20 percent for the third straight year, Scottish researchers cloned an adult mammal – a sheep named Dolly, the McCaughey septuplets were born, tobacco companies were ready to pay $368 billion to states if they would drop lawsuits after denying smoking caused health issues for decades, Pathfinder beamed images from Mars, Democrats had a rough year with news of illegal donations and sleepovers in the Lincoln Bedroom and in March, 39 members of Heaven’s Gate cult committed suicide to shed their “earthly containers” and board a spaceship trailing Hale-Bopp comet.

50 years ago

Creston Super Valu advertised Henry Hite – The Giant would be visiting the store Dec. 28, 1967. He was 8 feet, 2 inches tall, 300 pounds, wore shirt size 19, sleeve length of 42 inches and his shoe size was 22.

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